"The following is the beginning of the preamble to [the French] Constitution: 'France has constituted itself a Republic for the purpose of raising all the citizens to an ever-increasing degree of morality, enlightenment, and well-being.' ... Is it not by yielding to this strange delusion that we are led to expect everything from an energy not our own? ... The Americans formed another idea of the relations of the citizens with the Government when they placed these simple words at the head of their constitution: 'We, the people of the United States, for the purpose of forming a more perfect union, of establishing justice, of securing interior tranquility, of providing for our common defense, of increasing the general well-being, and of securing the benefits of liberty to ourselves and to our posterity, decree,' etc. Here there is no chimerical creation, no abstraction, from which the citizens may demand everything. They expect nothing except from themselves and their own energy."